An overflow crowd of vineyard owners and cannabis growers as well as other agriculturists and county officials packed the Industrial Eats ballroom in Buellton for a panel discussion of a potential joint tourism marketing effort.
Comments on Wednesday were generally upbeat and positive about the possibility, especially among the cannabis growers, but vintners said the two issues that must be overcome are cannabis odor and conflicts between the two industries with spraying pesticides and herbicides.
Members of the North County Farmers Guild, a coalition of cannabis cultivators, estimated 100 people attended the more-than-two-hour “Together We Thrive Community Forum” presented by the guild’s Good Farmers, Great Neighbors subgroup.
“We need to develop specific action goals,” said Sara Rotman, event organizer and co-chair of the Farmers Guild and subgroup, adding that growers of both crops were “extremely motivated” by the ideas presented in the discussion.
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